Private Lives Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Elyot angrily say that Amanda lacks?

2. Why does Amanda and Elyot send Louise home?

3. What happens to Amanda's apartment during the final fight?

4. At the very end of the second act, where are Amanda and Elyot?

5. What starts the final fight between Amanda and Elyot in Act II?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Amanda call out "triple Sollocks?"

2. After Amanda and Elyot make up during the "triple Sollocks," what happens that brings their happy mood down again and why?

3. What are some of the things that initially attracted Amanda to Victor?

4. Why does Elyot say that, despite their current happiness, being separated was probably for the best?

5. At the beginning of Act II, does it appear that Elyot and Amanda have been getting along? How can the reader tell?

6. Is Amanda being honest when she says she would never have been happy with Victor and how is it apparent?

7. Why would Elyot say that he and Amanda would have been perfectly happy with Victor and Sibyl?

8. What sets off the very first argument of Act II?

9. Why does it seem that Elyot and Amanda are able to forgive each other silently during their time-outs?

10. In Act II, what does Elyot say that reveals his philosophy on life?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Amanda declares to Victor that, "Chance rules my life." What does she mean by that? What does she do throughout the play that requires taking a chance? Using specific examples and actions from the text, argue whether Amanda really means what she says and, if so, how chance plays a part in the plot and her character development.

Essay Topic 2

Amanda and Elyot speak about how they used to slap each other around, culminating in a knock-down, drag-out fight at the end of Act II. What is the point of the physical violence in this play? Could the play have existed without the final fight at the end of Act II? What does it show about the characters?

Essay Topic 3

Elyot tells Victor that there is no point in fighting each other, as it never solves anything. However, Elyot and Amanda had, just the night before, fought each other violently. Why does Elyot believe that fighting Victor is pointless, but still fights with Amanda? For example, is it a matter of respect, love, or cowardice? Cite specific examples from the text to support your argument.

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